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Staff & Board


Our staff is dedicated to making a difference in Central New York. With extensive knowledge of our community’s changing needs, our staff is uniquely suited to assist donors in creating and implementing their charitable goals. We are also here to help the community by funding a broad spectrum of local needs by providing grant dollars and other assistance to the nonprofit  organizations we support. We are here to serve you, our donors and our community. Check out our Intern Corner to learn about our current and former interns.

Peter A. Dunn
President & CEO
Welcomes all questions you may have regarding the Community Foundation and its services.

Finance & Administration


Kimberly P. Sadowski, CPA
Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Oversees all financial transactions, reports and audits, investment liaison activities and technology management.

Liz Hartman, CPA
Manages the day-to-day accounting activities of the Community Foundation adhering to accounting principles, policies and procedures.
Kate Waltman, CPA
Responsible for accounting and reporting functions and administers scholarships including Syracuse Say Yes to Education.

Gerianne Corradino
Senior Finance Associate
Responsible for the grant distribution, and accounts payable processes. Also assists with the accounts receivable process, and provides general administrative support to the Finance department.

Terri Evans
Greets callers and visitors to the Philanthropy Center and provides administrative support to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the Foundation.


Thomas Griffith, AEPC®, CAP®, ChFC® 
Vice President, Development
Responsible for creating and implementing custom charitable giving plans for individuals, families and companies.

Monica M. Merante
Senior Director, Philanthropic Services
Serves as the primary contact for Community Foundation donors, focusing on donor stewardship, outreach and engagement.

Jan L. Lane
Development Officer
Responsible for supporting Development operations including lifetime and legacy giving for individuals, families and companies.

Pragya Murphy
Development Officer
Responsible for supporting Development operations including lifetime and legacy giving for individuals, families and companies.

Jenny Green
Manager, Philanthropic Services
Assists with building and sustaining relationships with donors and professional advisors, data management and event facilitation.


Katrina M. Crocker
Vice President, Communications
Develops and leads the implementation of a comprehensive strategic communication strategy that builds and sustains awareness of the Community Foundation's philanthropic voice in Central New York.

Juliet Maloff
Communications Manager
Carries out public relations and marketing strategies to internal and external audiences as outlined within the Community Foundation’s communications plan.

Christina Whiteside
Administrative & Communications Associate
Provides administrative support to the professional staff, coordinates the use of meeting areas, and assists with internal events and building operations. Also assists with communications activities.
  Dara Harper
Events & Communications Associate
Carries out planning and promotions for events and assists with communications activities.

community investment

Frank Ridzi
Vice President, Community Investment
Oversees and monitors the grantmaking process, conducts research on issues or concerns of importance to the foundation, shares expertise with donors and manages special projects for the foundation.

Danielle Gill
Director, Grants and Programs
Oversees the Community Grantmaking program, special initiatives and nonprofit development programs.

Robyn Smith
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Manages and implements the Community Foundation’s strategic initiatives that support and enhance the quality of life in neighborhoods and communities in the Central New York region.

Dashiell Elliott
Manager, Grants and Programs
Assists with the implementation and management of the community grant program and the Community Foundation’s community engagement and nonprofit development programs.
Kari Simpkins
Associate, Grants and Programs
Provides administrative, initiative development and implementation and grantmaking support.

Board of Directors

The Central New York Community Foundation’s Board of Directors is comprised of community leaders who hold extensive knowledge in the areas of accounting, estate planning and law. Members are responsible for managing the Foundation’s assets, developing new funds and making grants to the organizations that the Foundation and its donors support.

View our directory of former board members.

Board chair

J. Andrew Breuer 
Hueber-Breuer Construction Company


Vice Chair

Casey Crabill, Ed.D.
Onondaga Community College



Daniel J. Fisher
Former Executive Vice President
Welch Allyn


Compliance Officer

David A. Holstein, Esq. 
Bousquet Holstein PLLC


Board Members

Honorable Julie A. Cecile
Onondaga Family Court

Karin Sloan DeLaney, Esq.
Sloan DeLaney P.C.

Caragh Fahy, CFP®
President & Owner
Madison Financial Planning Group

Lee Gatta CLU®, ChFC®, AEP®
Financial Planner
Prudential Financial

Carolyn Gerakopoulos
Former Director
Oneida Public Library

Grace B. Ghezzi, CPA/PFS/CFF, CFP®, CFE, AEP®
President & Financial Consultant
Grace B. Ghezzi Consulting, LLC.

Kate Feldmeier Franz
Founder and Owner
KFF Literacy Consulting, LLC.

Mark Fuller, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
United Radio, Inc.

Pastor Daren Jamie
Senior Pastor
People's A.M.E. Zion Church
  Larry R. Leatherman
Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology & Bristol-Myers Squibb
Michael Meath
Interim Chair, Public Relations Department
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Syracuse University
Timothy Penix
Vice President
Syracuse Educational Opportunity Center 
J. Daniel Pluff
Senior Vice President
Morgan Stanley
Dr. Emad Rahim, PMP®, CSM®
Kotouc Family Endowed Chair and Associate Professor
Bellevue University
M. Jack Rudnick
Of Counsel
Barclay Damon, LLP
Gwen Webber-McLeod
President & CEO
Gwen, Inc.
Maryann M. Winters, MS, CPA
Cuomo, Winters & Schmidt, CPAs, PLLC



Mary Anne Cody, Esq.
Mackenzie Hughes, LLP